Precision Ag Bytes 7/18

Carrie Muehling

Teralytic released a limited number of the world’s first wireless NPK soil probes for pre-ordering on July 17. The in-ground wireless probe measures soil quality every 15 minutes using 26 different sensors, analyzing the data on an easy-to-use platform so farmers can save time and money on inputs as well as access insights into their soil’s fertility. Buckwheat researchers from …

AgWired Precision, NCGA, Precision Ag Bytes

Ag Equipment Sales Higher at Mid-Year

Cindy Zimmerman

All categories of agricultural machinery sales are in the plus column so far this year compared to last, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “We view 2018 as a rebuilding year for agriculture; we’ve experienced a steadily improving economy, tax reform provides incentives and machines need to be replaced,” said Curt Blades, AEM senior …

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Precision Ag Bytes 7/11

Carrie Muehling

Golden Harvest is growing its strong portfolio for the 2019 planting season with the release of 37 new corn hybrids—21 of which are from our 16 new genetic families—and 17 new soybean varieties. Earlier this year, Golden Harvest announced it would benefit from an incremental $400 million investment. The breadth and quality of its 2019 seed portfolio showcases that pledge. …

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Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA

Chuck Zimmerman

Well, here’s news that probably won’t upset too many people I know. I’m actually amazed that this didn’t happen much sooner. Of course this had to happen during a pretty much vacation week for the ZimmComm Team and many, many other folks. Here’s some industry reaction on the announcement. I think you can sum it up that everyone is pretty …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Biodiesel, Biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Government

Commodity Classic Releases 2019 Schedule

Cindy Zimmerman

Less than eight months to go ’til Commodity Classic 2019 – time to start getting prepared! The tentative schedule for the show to be held February 28 through March 2 in Orlando, has been released and includes extended trade show hours, a full slate of educational sessions, and the Main Stage on the trade show floor returns with presentations from …

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God Bless America and the American Farmer

Cindy Zimmerman

Food for thought this Independence Day from former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: “America has to understand and appreciate what it has in agriculture. American consumers walk out of the grocery store with still more money in their pocket and their paychecks and their incomes than virtually anybody else in the world. That creates great flexibility in our economy directly …

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Expanded Portfolio Includes New Enogen Varieties

Carrie Muehling

Among fans attending the NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway on Father’s Day was Craig Ehlers, a farmer and Golden Harvest dealer from northwest Iowa. Golden Harvest is expanding its 2019 portfolio with 37 new corn hybrids and 17 new soybean varieties. Among the new offerings are seven new Enogen hybrids for use in selected …

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Precision Ag Bytes 7/3

Carrie Muehling

Monsanto Company and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, announced the companies have reached an agreement on an expanded license for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology for soybeans. Through this non-exclusive, royalty bearing license, Corteva Agriscience™ will offer U.S. and Canadian growers additional weed control flexibility through broader access to Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® technology across its North America seed …

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AMVAC Purchases Bayer Bromacil Business

Chuck Zimmerman

AMVAC Chemical Corporation recently announced the purchase of the Bromacil herbicide business in the United States and Canada from Bayer Crop Science. The transaction is unrelated to the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer, and financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. I spoke with Greg Warren, Marketing Manager, AMVAC, about the transaction and what it means to the company. …

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Increasing Profit Margins for Ethanol

Carrie Muehling

Ethanol production has become a key market for U.S. corn, but margins are often tight. New technology would allow existing ethanol plants to convert a part of their production into making plant-based chemicals that have higher values, with profits that could be passed along to corn growers. “We know that ethanol today is a commodity that has been really pressed …

AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, CUTC, Ethanol